Employment Contract Disputes in Charleston
Representation for Non-Disclosure Agreements & Restrictive Covenants in West Virginia & North Carolina
Employers and employees may enter into different types of agreements pertaining to employment. Employers and employees can set forth the terms and conditions of employment, or change the “at-will” employment relationship, with an employment contract. For example, if you have a contract with your employer for a definite period of time, you may no longer be an “at-will” employee and you may only be fired for the reasons stated in the contract or “for a cause.”
Some employers require their employees to agree to “restrictive covenants” that limit your ability to work for a competitor of your employer (called a non-compete agreement) or restrict you from soliciting your employer’s customers or employees (called a non-solicitation agreement), for a period of time after your employment ends. At the end of the employment relationship, employers sometimes offer employees severance pay in exchange for a release of any claims the employee may have against the employer. These employment contracts, restrictive covenants, and severance agreements are often prepared by the employer to provide the maximum benefit to the employer, and employees have little ability to negotiate the terms of the agreements.
Disputes may arise between employers and employees in connection with these agreements. For example, are you receiving all of the compensation, particularly the incentive or bonus compensation, provided by your employment agreement? If your employer disciplines or terminates your employment, have they done so in accordance with your employment agreement? If compliance with the restrictive covenants after your termination seriously affects your ability to make a living, are the restrictive covenants reasonable and enforceable? Is the amount of severance being offered an adequate amount in light of the circumstances? Do you have legal claims that may be waived by signing a release in order to receive the severance? Do you have potential legal claims, such as claims for unpaid wages, which cannot be waived by signing a release?
Types of Contract Disputes We Handle
Our firm handles the following types of employment contract-related issues:
- Negotiation of employment contracts
- Disputes over the terms and enforcement of employment contracts
- Disputes over the enforceability of restrictive covenants, including non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
- Negotiation of severance agreements and releases of claims
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